It’s that time of year again folks, it turned October, the signifier that fall or autumn (depending on where you live) is definitely upon us. I know how awesome the fall schedule is, but lets not forget about the movies! On the rare occasions that you do decide to leave the house this season, these are the movies you should be making the effort to see… (oh, and the ones with links have trailers on blinkBox, get watching)
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Just don’t call it Juno. Another teen literary movie, but this time with a slightly indie-r edge, written by Rachel Coen and David Levithan. It’s a one night can change everything teen movie, with a hipper than pitchfork soundtrack and Michael Cera to its name. It’s our pick for the movie everyone will love to hate a week after opening this season.
The one thing that Hollywood loves almost as much as comic books is computer games. Especially computer games with a supernatural element. Enter Max Payne. Mark Wahlberg is the eponymous protagonist hellbent on revenge after the slaughter of his family, this (as is always the way) leads him to some dark, dark places where he is forced to battle some “un-natural” elements. Ooohhh.
Gus Van Sant is capable of producing some awe inspiring masterpieces, as well as taking things a little bit too far. This biopic of Harvey Milk (the first openly gay politician elected into office) starring Sean Penn looks set to fall in the former category. Can anyone say Oscar buzz?
Anything that Clint Eastwood directs is automatically in the Oscar race, that’s just how it works. Add Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich and a script based on a true story and what have you got? Worth going to see if only because everyone will be talking about this come february, and there’s nothing worse than not having an opinion.
The Day the Earth Stood Still
At last! A way to get your season science fiction fix, and your Keanu needs met all in one movie. A remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic, with Mr Reeves, Jennifer Connolly (and here’s the best part JOHN CLEESE!) looks set to be the first giant movie of the holiday season. It’s probably worth watching the original first, just so you can feel a little superior to all the Keanu fans… oh, and because it’s an amazing movie.
Every single teenage girl (and me) in the world can’t be wrong, now can we? Get on board the vampire train as the international best-seller comes to the big screen. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke (of 13 fame) it’s the story of a mortal and a vampire that fall in love and all that ensues.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The crowd is still divided over Zodiac, but I am of the opinion that David Fincher doesn’t make bad movies. Adapted from an F.Scott Fitzgerald short comes the tale of the boy born old who aged backwards. Trailer 2 has just been released and it looks pretty incredible. Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett star.
The Brothers Bloom
From the director of 2005’s fantastic high school noir Brick, comes The Brothers Bloom, a story of con-men brothers adept at swindling millionaires out of their millions. The trailer comes off as more “quirky” than “edgy” but Rachel Weisz, Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody are all 3 indie darlings, so I’m keeping and open and slightly excited mind about this one.
There are those that are calling this Eagle Eyemy of the State, it’s true that DJ Caruso may not be a stranger to the cries of plagiarism, last years Disturbia being placed squarely in the good but not original camp. But really, who cares? Is mainstream America where you go for originality? Uh uh, but it is home of the biggest explosions, the best chases and the best edge of your seat moments. This movie looks set to have these aplenty, and isn’t that the point?
Fast & The Furious
The original cast returns – can it be true? And it’s not because people’s careers weren’t going the way they’d planned. At all. That aside, if it’s super high octane action that you’re looking for this Winter then Hi! you’ve found your movie.